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Direct Representation Attorney

Department: Legal Services
Location: Los Angeles, CA




November 2018


Background: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.


Responsibilities: KIND seeks a Direct Representation Attorney to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Los Angeles. Based in KINDís Los Angeles office, the Direct Representation Attorney will have the following responsibilities:


  • Represent children in immigration removal proceedings including children eligible for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas and/or U visas;
  • Provide representation before the state court in matters pertaining to child custody, primarily suits affecting parent-child relationships; 
  • File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Attend immigration and state court hearings, and interviews and adjudications before government agencies;
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls;
  • Assist in the supervision of paralegals, law student interns and volunteers;
  • Conduct intake interviews with children when appropriate;
  • Assist with mentoring, trainings and presentations; and
  • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Two or more years of experience working in immigration law and with immigration authorities or with family law, or substantially equivalent experience;
  • Attorney must be admitted to practice in California;
  • Fluency in Spanish required;
  • Experience in direct representation of clients in immigration proceedings or family law matters;
  • Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
  • A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably prior experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or service providers. 



To Apply:


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: 


Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.


Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than the posted deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls. 


KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.


The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


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